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The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.

Postcard from... Karachi

“As if we didn't have enough to worry about with terrorists and bandits,” said one disgruntled Karachi resident. “Now we have brain-eating amoeba to contend with.” Indeed, the latest threat in the notoriously crime-ridden city is not robbery or sectarian violence, but a waterborne organism that causes a form of meningitis.

Postcard from... Ebro Delta

It sounds like a plot from a spoof horror film, but ever since a South American mollusc, the innocent-sounding apple snail, was accidentally released into the rice fields of the river Ebro Delta in 2009, for local farmers, the nightmare scenario of a plague of voraciously hungry snails has been sadly all too true.

Is Britain getting battered in the great fishing battle?

Supporters of sustainable policies are fighting subsidies to huge trawlers, reports Mark Leftly
The mystery eye was found by a walker at Pompano

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A deep-blue eyeball the size of a grapefruit washed up on a Florida beach has left wildlife experts puzzled.

Wine: Something for the weekend

Night in

French fishermen pelt British boats with rocks and flares in a row over scallop fishing

British fishermen reported the attacks to the Marine Management Organisation, which said an estimated 40 French vessels and eight UK vessels were involved

Oysters Mary

Serves 4-6

Sea bass with mussels and prawns

Match of the day: Mark Hix serves up meat and fish with the foodstuffs they eat

Our resident chef has come up with some novel pairings.

Sea bass with mussels and prawns

Sea bass with mussels and prawns

Serves 4

Facing disaster: the little things that rule the world

A startling 20 per cent of world's invertebrates, including insects and worms, are now endangered

Parasite responsible for shrimp sex-change problem, says scientists

A gender-bending parasite has been discovered which is believed to be responsible for turning male shrimps and other crustaceans into females.

Album: Bloc Party, Four (Frenchkiss)

As ever, Kele Okereke’s energies are divided between the political and the personal on Four, with agit-punk assertions like “ Coliseum” and “Kettling” and the contemptuous pillorying of political duplicity in “So He Begins to Lie” punctuated with more tenderly rendered emotional wrestling on tracks such as “Truth” and “Real Talk”.

Quinoa with fennel, prawns and chilli

Store-cupboard superstar: Mark Hix cooks with quinoa

Delicious, healthy and versatile, quinoa first impressed our resident chef on a recent trip to Los Angeles. Now, he can't get enough of the stuff.

Quinoa with fennel, prawns and chilli

Quinoa with fennel, prawns and chilli

Serves 4-6

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